It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid student visa at all times. Breaking the visa conditions may lead to cancellation of your visa.
Study load and completion of programs
You must be enrolled in a full-time CRICOS registered program and complete your studies within the expected time that is shown on your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
To complete your program in the expected duration, in most cases you will need to be enrolled full-time each semester.
You can only enrol in a less than full-time study load if you:
- are participating in a documented academic performance improvement plan with your School, authorised by the Dean, Learning and Teaching
- have received approval from your School of your compassionate or compelling circumstances
- have undertaken extra study (i.e. summer semester courses)
- only have a few courses left to complete and these do not constitute a full-time load
- receive credit for previous studies that reduces the amount of courses you need to to complete
Online and distance study
International students may be able to enrol in online or distance study modes when they are offered as part of CRICOS-registered programs. Some restrictions apply:
- Online and distance courses can only make up 25 per cent of your total program
- you must be enrolled in at least one unit that is delivered face-to-face in each compulsory semester
- In a non-compulsory semester (i.e. summer school), you may enrol in online/distance courses. However, these will be counted towards your 25 per cent limit.
Student visa holders have a maximum of eight weeks break between programs. If you finish your pathway program and have more than an eight-week gap, you need to leave Australia or enrol in alternative study during the interim.
Satisfactory academic progress is a condition of your student visa. Failure to achieve this will lead to you being considered "at risk" and can lead to exclusion from your program.
See more information on Academic progress on the current students website.
RMIT has many free services to help you succeed in your studies:
- The Study and Learning Centre can help you with English language study skills, academic writing, undergraduate Maths and Science
- The Student Wellbeing Advisory Service provides guidance, support and advice to International students.
Some programs also have an attendance requirement. Foundation Studies and VCE require that you have 80 per cent attendance.
Changes to your study plans
Changing your study plans may have visa implications so you should discuss any changes with your School and RMIT International at Info Corner as early as possible.
For more information on deferring, changing your program, transferring providers, taking a leave of absence, completing early or late or withdrawing see changes to your study plans.
Keep your contact details up to date
You must advise RMIT of your home address within seven days of arriving in Australia. If you change your address during your stay in Australia, you must update your details within seven days.
Students under 18 years of age
If you are under 18 and RMIT approved your accommodation and welfare arrangements, you need RMIT’s written approval prior to changing these arrangements. You also need to seek approval for short term activities away such as travel.
You must have health insurance
You, and your family if they are with you, must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) during your stay in Australia. RMIT International will arrange health cover through Medibank Private for you at the start of your program.
Visa conditions for your family
Your family members' visas must comply with a number of visa conditions. For a full list of these conditions, refer to the Visa conditions for family members on the DIBP website.
You are responsible for arranging education for your school-age children. They must attend school while they are in Australia. International post-graduate research students don’t have to pay fees for their children’s education if they go to a public school. See Support for international students for more information.
Working as an international student
As an international student, there are restrictions on the number of hours you can work while studying, even when you have permission to work. Make sure you understand your visa conditions and work restrictions.
For more information see Work while studying
Your rights as an international student
Australia’s laws promote quality protection and consumer protection for international students. These laws are known as the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework. The ESOS framework outlines your rights and responsibilities as well as services that Australian education providers must provide to International students.
See the Department of Education website for an overview of the ESOS framework
Appealing RMIT decisions
You can submit an appeal directly with RMIT International if you are unhappy with the outcomes of the following:
- Extend study duration
- Release letter
- Attendance requirements
- Leave of absence
If you submit an appeal, you must remain enrolled and attend all classes until the appeal outcome is known. Timelines apply for appeals. Find out more about Appeals.